How the Pandemic Can Teach Kids About Compassion

What if this crisis became an opportunity for children to deepen their sense of care?   As a homebound parent with a preschooler, I’ve felt an array of emotions over the past few months during the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve felt sadness and worry about how many people are becoming ill, while being confounded by trying[…]

How to Connect With Your Kids’ Digital Interests

Become a Media Mentor   If you’re like most parents, chances are that you have some anxiety about your kids’ digital lives and how much time they spend in front of screens. According to a 2018 survey of American families, technology overuse has become the number one concern parents have for their teens.   But helping children maintain a[…]

Build Self-Esteem and Prevent Bullying

Building self-esteem is a core component of bullying prevention. With healthy self-esteem, your teens will not only be more confident, but they also will be able to identify their strengths — and their weaknesses — and still feel good about themselves. Healthy self-esteem also helps protect teens from bullying. Bullies are less likely to target[…]

Beyond the Piggy Bank: Four Lessons to Help Teach Kids about Money

Ask your five-year old where money comes from, and the answer you’ll probably get is “From a machine!” Even though children don’t always understand where money really comes from, they realize at a young age that they can use it to buy the things they want. So as soon as your child becomes interested in[…]

Strategies to Limit Your Teen’s Screen Time

Without adult guidance, most teenagers would spend almost all of their waking hours behind a screen. Whether they’re texting on their smartphones, or they’re watching videos on their laptops, their electronics use can easily get out of control. If your child says “everyone is doing it,” he may be correct. But that doesn’t mean there[…]

Coping With College Rejection

How to Help Your Teenager Bounce Back From a College Rejection Letter College rejections are never happy affairs. It was bad enough when you endured it, but watching your child’s face crumple with sadness or anger as he opens that dreaded envelope is heartbreaking. Fortunately, this too shall pass and years from now the contents of that[…]

How to Give Your Teen Constructive Criticism

When you say, “You shouldn’t do that,” to a teenager, your feedback is likely to be met with an eye roll. By the time kids turn into teens, they don’t think they need much help from adults—especially their parents.   But, just because your teen doesn’t appreciate your words of wisdom, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t[…]